Change is a very real hurdle in many people’s lives and is met with huge resistance and fear? Whether the change involves moving homes, changing jobs or something as small as changing your daily schedule. But believe it not, it is through change that we grow stronger, learn to be more flexible, and really get to experience life.
So now that you have made this huge decision to move to a foreign country, and you may or may not speak the language, the next logical question is: How do I earn an Income?
I often see the expats on social media, especially those who have already relocated, make comments such as –
- Do you speak the language?
- Don’t look for a job in Uruguay it is difficult!
- Uruguay does not have any job opportunities to offer!
- It’s hard to find work here!
- There is no work to be found in Uruguay!
Well, my answer to this would be that it depends entirely on your attitude toward the situation and given circumstances. With some inspiration, enthusiasm and a little courage in your back pocket any obstacle can be overcome, others have done it before you, therefore so can you! Where there is a will there is always a way. A new language can be learned by anyone, and every country has job opportunities for foreigners.
If you are an entrepreneur at heart there are many opportunities, and now is the time to become creative. You could be a farmer, woodworker, make compost and resell it, recycle plastics, be a general handyman, electrician, plumber etc. Even if the niche has been filled by others, there is always room for one more, who comes into play with a better more reliable service and/or better prices.
If you do require a job then there are also opportunities to be had. Here in Uruguay there are two Trade Free Zones where a lot of Foreign companies set up shop in order to avoid paying the import duties in one lump sum. Being Foreign Companies they require people speaking languages other than Spanish. If you speak the language then there are other opportunities to be found as well.
Then of course there is always the teaching route you can take. As English has become mandatory in all schools many opportunities have opened up in that field as well.
And last but not least join Linked-In, which is a huge resource and worldwide network all looking for and offering job opportunities.
I have attached a list of websites to choose from and research, so you could start by submitting a CV or simple browse through to have a look what is generally available.
I sincerely hope these words of encouragement will help a little to make your transition a little easier. If you would like any further support please feel free to contact me. And always remember this is your journey, and provided you are making an informed decision, do not allow anyone to derail your plans. we all have a different path to walk, and if this is the one you have chosen, then as long as you stay focused and positive the rest will all fall into place.
Till next time…bye for now!